Germany: Memories of a Nation Episode 1

Ep. 1: The View from the Gate

 

The Brandenburg Gate - something completely recognizable and something that has meant a lot of different things throughout its history. A triumphal arch that is best remembered for Napoleon’s triumphant march after defeating Prussia and a monument that means something vastly different to me then to people older than myself, it is easily recognizable to most people even if they don’t know its name. I did not get the chance to see the Berlin Wall fall on TV though I was old enough, which I’ve always regretted, and it took years for me to connect the Gate with that momentous occasion. Actually, this short episode taught me a lot and I’m wondering if there’s a book that discusses the Brandenburg Gate in depth.